Change is tough. And it’s more so when change affects our sleep. When the clocks go forward or backwards, and especially when we lose an hour of precious beauty sleep, we can both feel and look sleep deprived. Hit snooze and still look perfectly put together with our top tips on how to look like you got 8 hours of sleep.
Break of Dawn
The fastest way to achieve radiant skin is simply with a facial moisturizer. Wear alone or underneath makeup, the glow produced by a moisturizer will instantly brighten up a dull, tired complexion. Even if you have an oily or combination skin type, a moisturizer that’s specific to your skin’s needs will leave you with a plump and hydrated (not shiny) look.
Are your dark circles reminiscent of a zombie’s? Do this easy two-step eye cream and concealer technique by applying a hydrating eye cream then follow with a medium-to-full coverage concealer on top. Look directly into a lighted magnifying mirror and use a damp makeup sponge to seamlessly blend the concealer for a fresh faced look.
Go for Glow
A little bit of highlighter on the inner corners of the eyes will create the illusion of a more wide awake gaze. Add extra illumination by blending highlighter on the tops of cheekbones, under the arch of the eyebrow, down the bridge of the nose and lightly on the chin to create the illusion of light hitting your face (no matter what environment you’re in). Choose a shimmery (but not glittery) highlighter, and if you go overboard then use a powder brush to blend away any excess.
Color on the cheeks will create a warm and bright complexion instantly. You don’t need to create bright clown-like cheeks to achieve this look either, as a subtle flush of color will do the trick. Use a powder blush in a pink, peach or coral shade for the best brightening effect. If you have dry skin, opt for a cream or liquid blush formula to keep the skin hydrated. For extra glow, choose a color that has a satin or shimmery finish.
Lip color adds instant life to your look. Choose a lip shade with pink, rose or mauve undertones for an fast pick-me-up. If you’re looking extra tired, go bold with a bright pink or red shade to draw the attention away from tired eyes and towards your fresh pout. The bolder you go, the more important a lip liner becomes to keep the shape of your lips crisp and clean. Look into a magnifying mirror to clearly see your lip line up-close and apply the liner directly on your lip line (or slightly outside of your natural line to create the illusion of fuller lips).
For winter weather or when you haven’t self tanned, a light sweep of bronzer will help warm up the skin and create a put-together look. Use a bronzer on cheeks, forehead, temples and chin for a warm halo effect that livens up the face. To add definition and sculpting, apply bronzer underneath cheekbones and along the jawline.